My goal was to pull off a fun party on a budget. I planned on catching some photo's of the food to share but among the chaos I didn't get any pics. We had a 'friend' party and a family party. We had 6 little toddlers running round so I wanted to make food that was practical, but not all junk. Here are a few tips that helped me out:
Decor- Borrowed a banner from a friend (why not re-use?), Other than that just had balloons. They are inexpensive, floating around can cover the entire room and provide a little gift for each child to take one home.
Party favors - I have been to so many party's where my son comes home with a little baggy of useless junk, instead of paying $20 or more for favors that will likely end up in the trash within minutes of arriving at home I wanted to get something the kids could get a bit more use out of and save me a few bucks at the same time. I hit up the dollar store and bought 6 Transformers coloring books and 6 Iron Man puzzles. The kids were just as happy and I have the peace of mind that they will get some real use out of them.
Food - My son wanted to server hummus and carrot sticks (yes I know this is out of the ordinary but I'm lucky that way).
- Rather than having little fingers double dipping I put a spoon of hummus and 2 carrot sticks in individual little cups I picked up at the dollar store a while back (I had them leftover from jello shots).
- I put a spoonful of Almond Butter and a couple celery sticks in the cups.
- I made pigs in a blanket using little smokies and Pillsbury Crescent rolls I got with coupons.
- For a sweet treat I dipped marshmallows in chocolate served on a straw in a tall glass. (I tried bananas but couldn't get the chocolate to stick right ) I envy those of you who are crafty and good with creative treats.. this was a stretch for me.
- I also had a spoonful of caramel (got with coupons) in the little cups and served with apple slices.